It is evident that there is a need for greater community antimicrobial stewardship. Typically, these movements have targeted changing prescribing practices of the medical community and educating the public.2,3
The findings from Zoorob and colleagues indicate that community stewardship initiatives should include emphasis on preventing self-medication with antimicrobials and reducing dispensing without a prescription. Community antimicrobial stewardship initiatives for pharmacists should not just focus on the importance of reducing resistance rates, given that some pharmacists may be aware of this and do not see it is a discouraging factor.7
Important educational points for pharmacists should focus on patient safety and the legal aspects of dispensing without prescriptions. Education for the public should emphasize safe antimicrobial practices and focus on changing current attitudes and beliefs regarding the use of nonprescription antimicrobials.
Alexandra Hanretty, PharmD, is a PGY2 resident in infectious diseases pharmacy at Temple University. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of San Francisco Medical Center. She received her PharmD from Temple University School of Pharmacy and bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University.
Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS, is clinical professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy and clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases at Temple University Hospital, both in Philadelphia. He also is the director of the PGY2 Residency in Infectious Diseases Pharmacy at Temple.
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